Laura vs Hayley - What's the difference?

laura | hayley |

As a noun laura

is (historical|roman catholic church) a number of hermitages or cells in the same neighborhood occupied by anchorites who were under the same superior.

As a proper noun hayley is

an english placename.



(wikipedia Laura)

Alternative forms

* Lora (rare)

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • .
  • * ~1591 William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet : Act II, Scene IV:
  • Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in; Laura to his lady was but a kitchen-wench; marry, she had a better love to be-rime her;
  • * 1960 Peter S. Beagle: A Fine And Private Place . Random House Publishing, 1982:The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle. ISBN 0345300815 page 258:
  • Laura was saying something. A mellifluous name, he thought. I wish she were far away, so I could call her.

    Usage notes

    * Also used as a feminine equivalent of Laurence.


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    (Hayley Westenra) (Hayley Williams)

    Alternative forms

    * Hailey * Haley * (female name only) Hailie, Haylee, Hayleigh, Haylie

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • An English placename.
  • (More often spelled Haley).
  • transferred from the surname; rare compared to the female name.
  • transferred from the surname. Popular in the UK in the 1970s and the 1980s.
  • Usage notes

    * The female name is usually spelled Haley or Hailey in the U.S., and it became popular later than in the UK.


    * 2000 , Lip Reading , Franz Steiner Verlag, ISBN 1861053592, page 12 *: Just think of the explanation required one day for all those Kylies and Stings and Hayleys', for heaven's sake! ' Well, it doesn't mean anything, darling - it's from ' Hayley Mills. Well, she's an actress and her mother named her after her own maiden name. No, she was a writer, actually...Oh, shut up and be thankful I didn't call you Sigourney like your father wanted...' * 2007 Crissy Pagdett, Kelly's Destiny: Closest Betrayal , AuthorHouse, ISBN 1434342549, page 98 *: I closed my eyes and listened to him saying the names. *: "That is the one...Hayley Dawn Calvin. That is gorgeous and it fits perfect." *: "I like it too, it sounds good."


    * Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges : A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988. * Social Security Administration: given name statistics in the USA * FreeBMD : given name statistics in England and Wales